from the long time coming department:
Support for OLPC in Sri Lanka has been strong for some time, since Matt and Roger Sipitakiat visited them in early 2008. After building a coalition of supporters, they have spent the past few months preparing for the launch of the country’s first 1300 machines. This is a complex project despite the limited number of students involved, with underserved schools from each of Sri Lanka’s nine provinces taking part and direct oversight of the government – an indication of how this could work as part of a national deployment.
Today Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Education Minister Premajayantha presented the first 400 laptops at a public ceremony announcing this pilot program, in cooperation with the One Laptop Per Child Lanka Foundation, the World Bank, and a coalition of corporate donors (the Chart Foundation, Hatton National Bank, and mobile provider Tigo). I can’t wait to see the first updates from the teachers and students after they have had a chance to start working together.